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1794 – Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen.
1794 – The United States Post Office was established.

1846 – The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought. The battle occurred in Palo Alto, TX.

1847 – The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson.

1879 – George Selden applied for the first automobile patent.

1904 – U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.

1914 – The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

1919 – The first transatlantic flight took-off by a navy seaplane.

1921 – Sweden abolished capital punishment.

1933 – Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.

1943 – The Germans suppressed a revolt by Polish Jews and destroyed the Warsaw Ghetto.

1945 – U.S. President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe.

1960 – Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Soviet Union resumed.

1999 – The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

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